Matters involving physical computer components, circuitry and parts, as opposed to matters of software or computer programming

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Apple hardware diagnostic terminology - what hardware issue does this portend?

After 18 months of ownership, my MacBook Pro Retina (mid-2012) suddenly started behaving very strangely, and then powered itself off several times. Upon reboot, the diagnostic report said the cause ...
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Durability of plastic screen on latest Retina Macbook Pro?

I am in need of a new MBP. I do development (Ruby/Rails) on my mid 2009 13" MPB running Mavericks, and I find it is getting old enough that I'm getting some lag when I'm running DB and web server, ...
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iPhone Cable or Accessory Not Certified

This isn't a coding question, but it is an issue that affects my ability to develop iPhone apps. Beginning this morning, I began seeing the message "The cable or accessory is not certified and may not ...
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Do Mac versions (Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, etc.) have a built-in “framebuffer” in their kernels?

Assuming you try to install Snow Leopard on an x86 board that has no GPU or integrated graphics, but only a, say, CRTC or such, does it have support to plot data on the screen without depending on any ...
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Normal operating temperatures and fan speeds for mid-2006 iMac?

I have an aging, but still functional mid-2006 iMac at home. Last night, my wife was in the basement and said she smelled a faint odor of something burning, she said it smelled like it might be ...
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Macbook Air's trackpad on trains

Is there any known issue with using a laptop's trackpad while on a moving train, i.e. is the EM field expected to interfere? I ask because often when I use my Apple Macbook Air 1.1 (Early 2008) ...
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Is this external DVD drive Mac compatible?

I am thinking of purchasing a Mac Mini but the lack of optical drive, makes me hesitant. I have an external super-multi DVD rewriter by Liteon (Model GP08LU10). Will this portable drive be compatible ...
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How to clean iMac screen?

I've messed up and used a generic LCD cleaning product on a glass iMac screen. According to the label it consists of distilled water and surfactants (or surface-active components, don't know how to ...
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iPhone 5 overheating and battery drains very quickly

My iPhone is always heated up even if I'm not using it. When I charge it, it heats up even more and battery drains very quickly. Its battery is currently fully drained for more than half an hour and ...
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OSX system and installation disk won't boot

Problem: I cannot boot into system nor can I boot to the installation disk. Errors I get in verbose mode: BSD root: disk0s2, major 14, minor 2 disk0s2: media is not present 0 [Level 3] [ReadUID ...
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What are the six openings on the bottom of the MacBook Pro for?

I have a 2013 Retina MacBook Pro. I have noticed there are six slits, three on each side, on the base of the laptop. What are these for, and if I were to use them as a place to clip something, ...
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iPhone 4S logic board replacement

I have damaged my iPhone 4S. A weight was dropped on it and it stopped working instantly. I've opened the back and it appears the bottom of the battery, the speaker and charger point have been ...
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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that apple includes as a ...
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LVDS (LCD data) cable replacement

The video on my mid-2009 13" Macbook Pro freezes and becomes noisy sometimes, depending on the position of the lid, pressure, etc. I opened it, and could reproduce the behavior by poking at the LVDS ...
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convert 30 pin docks for lightning devices

I recently upgraded from an Iphone 4 to a 5s. I have 4 different docks that worked with all my previous Iphones and Ipods - I just swapped out a cheap plastic holder around the connector that could ...
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Can I boot Mac from an external hard drive (internal hard drive+hard drive closure)

Model: Macbook Pro 2010 mid OS: OS X 10.9 Hard Drive: WD5000BPKT 500GB For some reason I need to change my perfectly working internal bootable drive to external bootable drive. I took out my ...
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Memory tester for Snow Leopard

Can somebody suggest a memory tester for Snow Leopard (10.8)? Command line or other doesn't matter, ideally something that doesn't have to be installed though (doesn't change the machine) and just ...
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MacBookPro Ram Frequency

i have a MacBookPro 5,5 (Intel Core 2 Duo 2,26GHz) with Snow Leopard. Actualy i've 2 ram block of 2GB (total 4GB) of DDR3 at 1067MHz. Now i'm buying 2 ram bloc of 8GB of DDR3 but at 1600MHz, could ...
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27" 2009 iMac screen occasionally freezes (mouse still moves) after upgrading RAM and SSD

I have a 2009 iMac that has been working fine (but slowly) until now. I decided to upgrade the hard drive to a 500 GB Intel SSD (MZ-7TD500BW) and put in 16 GB of RAM (PNY Optima PC3-8500). I've ...
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Where can I find a replacement screen for my 13" MBP?

I have purchased Macbook Pro 13 inch, and it was shipped by DHL, but when I received it, the screen was damaged. So, I want to buy a new one. Where I can find it? Because I want to buy and install it. ...
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ctrl key no longer working in OSX

The ctrl key on my Macbook pro has stopped working at once! I have tested "Show keyboard viewer" from the languages, all keys are shown to be working correctly but not the ctrl key. Could it be any ...
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MacBook Pro battery life tanking even after battery replacement?

I've been having some issues with battery life on my MacBook Pro (15", Mid 2010). I thought I had tracked it down when I found out that the battery was near the end of its life (only holding 60% of ...
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How do I find the installed RAM layout in my MacBook without opening it up?

I have a mid-2009 MacBook with 4 GB of RAM installed in it and I'd like to upgrade it to 8 GB of RAM. In order to do that I have to figure out what the installed RAM configuration is so I can ...
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Can I use a Time Capsule to share internet connection?

My internet provider limits the number of connected devices to two. I would like to know whether I can use a Time Capsule to share my signal with all other devices in my house?
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OS X no longer sees my DVD drive. How to debug this?

My Mac Pro has its original built-in DVD burner, which has always seemed to work fine in the past. Sometime in the recent past (10.9.1?), it simply disappeared. I first noticed that pressing the ...
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How to use iSight webcam without activating the green light?

Recently a the Dutch government advised to put a tape on your webcam to prevent hackers from taking pictures and video using your device (news article in Dutch). The build in iSight camera in Apple ...
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How can I get started with using I2C on a Mac?

I have this Devantech I2C thing. It has Mac drivers but i have hard time to figure it out. Instructions are way too hard for newbie like me. Are there any GUI apps which makes it easier to use I2C in ...
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Sourcing a replacement graphics card for an iMac

I have a Early-2009 2.93 GHz 24" iMac, which has a faulty graphics card. I'm keen to try replacing it myself using this excellent guide. Unfortunately the guide doesn't mention any advice on ...
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Does Apple make a keyboard with a wide “return” key, and modifier keys with their symbols printed on them?

I happened to notice in a picture that the Apple "German" keyboard had the modifier keys labeled with their symbols, e.g., the option key is labeled as "⌥". (It's confusing as heck that the Apple's ...
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Replaced LCD/Digitizer iPhone-4 works but intermittently blacks out frequently

Just replaced the LCD/Digitizer on my iPhone4 the screen works fine. Then, it gets fuzzy after some time and then blacks out. Then I have to lock the screen, then unlock, the picture comes back to ...
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iPhone 4S speaker not working for apps but works for ringer

I have an iPhone 4S and the speakers are not working for applications. The speaker works when doing voice calls on speaker phone, adjusting the ringer, and other default things. However, when trying ...
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Do persistently incorrect disk permissions indicate a disk should be replaced?

Something is wrong with my Mac, as indicated (and still unresolved) in the question: What is the Sixth Step of MacBook Repair? One possibility is that the main disk is faulty. Disk Utility reports ...
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Metallic ticking noise from the MBP

I have an early 2011 MBP and opened it's back more than once, to replace RAM, HDD and 2 weeks ago I installed an SSD. For some time already I hear a faint ticking noise from the body when the laptop ...
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How do I make sure I purchase the correct replacement gfx card for my iMac?

I have a 24" Early 2009 iMac, and it has a faulty graphics card (detailed here). I'm obviously no longer under warranty or applecare, and I'd like to try to replace the part myself. I'm unsure about ...
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Is it okay for a brand new 13" MacBook Pro Retina to not sit flat?

So I've got this new 13" MacBook Pro Retina... a beautiful machine by all accounts! Here's the thing though: It doesn't sit flat. As in, if you put it down on a flat surface, all four of the rubber ...
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Scratch on MacBook Pro LCD screen (not the glass)

I was replacing a rather broken piece of glass on my macbook pro 13" and got impatient toward the end, managing to slip and scratch the LCD screen itself. Before I cover it up with the new piece of ...
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Does the Macintosh classic have the signatures of the original Mac team?

I am huge fan of Apple, and I just bid on one a 1990-era Macintosh Classic. The bid is going higher, but I only want it if the computer has the signatures of the original Mac team. It's before I was ...
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Will Parallels Desktop harm the hardware of my MBP?

I am running VM, PD in particular, on my MBP. I have encountered several scary things today: machine noise (sounds like "Kah-Kah") occurs while I am in 64-bit Windows 7 in VM. Will the PD actually ...
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What are the OS X Mavericks hardware system requirements?

I have a fairly old (I am not sure when it was bought) iMac 5,1 running OS X 10.6.8, but I just saw the free upgrade to Mavericks. It looks tempting, but I'd rather first know if my computer can ...
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Can I upgrade my 2008 Mac Pro completely?

Hey everyone, I have a 2008 Mac Pro/2.83hzXEON(8)/8800GT512mb. Is it possible for me to upgrade this machine to newer hardware, since it is Intel based? What would it entail to put a newer processor, ...
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Other than size, what's the difference between the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini?

They both have an A7 processor, the new MIMO wifi, etc. What, if anything, are the technical or spec differences other than screen size?
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How can I fix this pixelated Macbook Pro display malfunction?

My Macbook Pro (Core 2 Duo - 2007) has seen better days. When I try to start, it simply boots to this odd pixelated image of the Apple start screen: I can only imagine that this is a display issue, ...
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Are Apple keyboards multi-key rollover?

I'm just curious if Apple keyboards are multi-key rollover or not? And if yes then which models (or how to determine that in OS X)?
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Screws for macbook pro early 2011 fan

when I was cleaning my mac book's fans I destroyed one screw head shown in picture (right fan) picture from ifixit How can I replace it? Drill that screw up, or other method? And where can I buy a ...
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Retina Macbook Pro 15'' overheating?

I got this RMBP mid 2012. I am now noticing overheating problems when I browse the internet + about 15 tabs of youtube open, mainly music. I also notice that my battery quickly depletes during this ...
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Any way to be sure, that Macs don't come with built-in hardware keyloggers?

What the title says. If this is the case, even if you choose to delete everything OS X related and put entirely Linux in your box; you'd still be screwed. Hardware keyloggers sit between the keyboard ...
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What is this button on my MacBook?

I have a 2011 MacBook. Along the left edge (looking at it from the normal typing position), near the front, there is a small silver button which is flush with the rest of the case. When pressed, a ...
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How do I identify a MacBook Pro from its serial number?

This article on identifying a MacBook Pro lists the serial number as one method of identifying it. However, the article it links to, doesn't explain how to identify it either. How can I identify a ...
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Mouse not Working, need to operate Mouse through Keyboard

I have been working on my computer and my Mouse has stopped working. Its optical light is still on, but the cursor is not moving. But i have no time fix mouse. I am in real emergency to operate the ...
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How to trigger lid close action programmatically?

Is there a way to trigger the lid close action programmatically with a script or through terminal? I am testing this by placing a small magnet near the SD slot on my MacBook Pro.